Davenport Cruises Past Purdue Calumet, 110-77
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – (Box Score) Top-seeded Davenport (Mich.) continued its dominant play into the second round, downing No. 4 Purdue Calumet (Ind.), 110-77, Friday evening at the 2014 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship, presented by State Farm. The victory propels the Panthers to their second-straight national championship quarterfinals to face the winner of No. 2 Hastings (Neb.) and No. 3 Indiana Wesleyan at 6 p.m. CDT on Saturday.
Davenport entered the game with a 3-3 record all-time in the round of 16, including a 62-39 trouncing of Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) last season en route to a runner-up finish.
The Panthers controlled the game from the opening tip, scoring the first nine points of the contest. Davenport continued to assert itself, while Purdue Calumet struggled to find the bottom of the net. The Panthers, who finished the half shooting 69.7 percent (23-for-33) from the field, extended the lead to as much as 32, 56-24, on a 3-pointer by Linnea Brandholm at the 2:17 mark of the first half.
Defensively in the opening 20 minutes, Davenport limited the Peregrines to only 22.6 percent (7-for-31) shooting, while forcing nine turnovers.
Purdue Calumet never pulled closer than 28 points in the second half, as Davenport posted the 12th game of this year’s championship decided by 15-or-more points.
Four of Davenport’s five starters finished in double figures as Tiesha Stokes scored 24 points, Alison Bouman had 19 points and Kia Frazier and Brittany Johnson each had 10 points.
As a team, the Panthers finished the contest shooting 67.2 percent (41-for-61) from the field, including a 9-for-17 effort from 3-point range.
Tierra Turner led Purdue Calumet with 22 points on 10-of-17 shooting. Brooklyn Short (13 points) and Kami Graber (12 points) also scored double-digits.
The Peregrines, who were playing in their first-ever national championship second round, end the season with a 25-7 record overall.